John T. Bodenheimer was born September 19, 1932, in Manning, South Carolina. He graduated from Manning High School and attended the University of South Carolina where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon graduation from the University of South Carolina in 1954, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict attaining the rank of Captain. Thereafter, he returned to law school at the University of South Carolina, receiving his law degree in 1959, after which time he served as a law clerk to Federal Judge George Bell Timmerman Sr. In 1962, Mr. Bodenheimer joined the firm of Henderson, Salley & Cushman in Aiken, where he became a partner. He later established his own firm, and then merged to form Bodenheimer, Busbee & Hunter.
Bodenheimer served a as member of the South Carolina Bar Nominating Committee and as a member of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances. Additionally, he was a delegate to the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates and was chair of the Judicial Qualifications Committee.
He was a member of the Downtown Morning Coffee Club and Businessman’s Club. He served as past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and president of the TB Association (now American Lung Association). Bodenheimer was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Aiken Regional Medical Center and served as a board member and chair of the Salvation Army Board.
John T. Bodenheimer died on August 18, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Kay Felder Bodenheimer; three children, John T. Bodenheimer II, Beth Dworjanyn and Melissa McInnis; and four grandchildren, Jack Dworjanyn, Nick Dworjanyn, Aidan McInnis, and Kate McInnis.